LG’s latest smartphone, LG V10, is turning every camera phone into a Cyclops. New features such as a Second Screen and the Dual Front Cameras is now the latest talk in town. Wrapped up in high-grade stainless steel and a durable silicone skin, we look at why not everyone is not going to see eye to eye with the new V10 smartphone.
Remember Samsung Edge? The ‘edge’ part at least? The V10’s second screen is similar in terms of usage. The Second Screen sits above the main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display on the V10, working independently from the main screen. You can set it to “always on” mode to display weather, time and date information and remaining battery life when the main display is off. Activating the main screen turns the second screen to a launch area for shortcuts or quick access to your favorite apps. LG says that the Second Screen is designed to save battery consumption as users can do a quick glance at information or push notifications without having to switch on the main screen all the time.
Dual Front Cameras and Multi-view Recording
This must be the most talked about feature of the LG V10 – the 5-megapixel dual front cameras with two separate lenses. Overshadowing the fact that the rear camera is a capable 16-megapixel shooter, the two lenses mounted in front is capable of shooting standard selfies (80 degrees) or wide angle selfies as wide as 120 degrees in a single shot. Some critics have even started calling this kind of wide selfie a groupfie. Basically, the feat is made possible by LG V10’s software algorithm which combine images from two separate lenses into a single shot. Just for the fun of it, LG also added a weird multi-view recording mode that can capture different angles from all three cameras on the V10 all at once. Not sure who will be shooting in this mode but we are thinking of how we could be using it for our videos. Could be interesting, no?
Manual Video Mode
The V10 is the first smartphone to offer manual video mode for video. Building on the technology introduced in LG G4 for taking still images, the technology is now capable of handling video recordings as well. You can now adjust everything from shutter speed and frame rate to ISO and white balance while recording. Videos can be recorded in three resolutions — HD, FHD or UHD — and two aspect ratios — 16:9 standard or 21:9 cinematic.
Durability and Design
The LG V10 is a solid phone designed to withstand hard knocks and bumps. It’s stainless frame is crafted out with the same hypoallergenic material used for surgical tools and high-end watches. And on the back and bottom of the display, LG added a soft Dura Skin layer for added protection from scratches and direct impacts to the device. The back grid pattern also gives the V10 a more secure grip.
“The LG V10 was designed from the ground up primarily as a multimedia smartphone for the sharing ecosystem,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We heard from many customers that until the G4, they weren’t comfortable going on vacation or outings without a separate camera. With the V10, we hope to do for video what the G4 did for photographs.”
The LG V10 is currently only sold in Korea and markets like United States, China and key countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East will receive pricing updates and launch dates in the next few weeks.
LG V10 Key Specifications:
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 Processor
- Display (Main): 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi)
- Display (Secondary): 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR3 RAM / 64GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Camera (Rear): 16MP with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0
- Camera (Front): 5MP Dual Lens (80 degrees Standard Angle / 120 degrees Wide Angle)
- Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
- OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Size: 6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
- Weight: 192g
- Network: LTE-A Cat. 6
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / USB 2.0
- Colors: Space Black / Luxe White / Modern Beige / Ocean Blue / Opal Blue